Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees
By Mary Beth Leatherdale
Illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare
Annick Press, 2017. Informational.
It can sometimes be very difficult for kids to understand the hardships that their peers face, especially if they haven't faced something similar. By spotlighting the lives of five adolescents who left their countries as refugees for different reasons, this book is a great resource to help readers (of all ages) feel compassion for refugees around the world. These stories are even more meaningful thanks to first person accounts from each of the five refugees highlighted. Side panels throughout also provide more historical context.
This book is timely, poignant, and very hopeful - the stories featured are personal enough to provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the current refugee crisis with young readers.